After desperately looking for a movie to watch on YouTube, I stumbled across Avenger of the Seven Seas (1962) with Richard Harrison as David Robinson, Australian convict who becomes a British officer, mutinies, gets tied to the rocks to drown at high tide, gets rescued by pirates, and, well, that’s just the first 20 minutes. He gets lots of costume changes, as do the ragged villagers at the start of the movie. Not a bad grade B swashbuckler. It even has a cool secret door. He goes a little berserk at the end and acquires super strength after his shirt gets ripped. Richard was also starring in gladiator movies at the time and Hercules ripoffs were all the rage. But the coolest part was the unexpected. The British commander Redway sells his prisoners to savage tribesmen (incredibly unconvincing ones) in exchange for a handful of pearls for every two prisoners. The tribesmen then tie the prisoners to crosses, and just when you expect Kong to show up, they get eaten by man-eating plants instead. What the hell! Startling? Yes. Completely stupid? Yes. And oh so cool!
Dripping slime, they attack the prisoners, including David’s younger brother and his lady love. These plants mean business! This one opens its jaws and munches on the head of a young maiden. Well, I’m making some assumptions there, but I think she deserves the benefit of the doubt. She is getting her head eaten after all.
So, if you want to find out what happens, and you have a couple hours to kill, you could do worse than watch Avenger of the Seven Seas.
By the way, Richard Harrison’s biggest movie was just the year before. He played Alistair in Master of the World (1961). Written by Jules Verne, screenplay by Richard Matheson, it also starred Vincent Price and a very young Charles Bronson. After that, it was all downhill. He may be best remember for either this pirate flick, or the nineteen ninja movies he was in during the 1980s.